…on the third day of christmas

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three French Hens

symbolism // During Elizabethan rule over England, the French Hen was a priceless poultry. This aristocratic standing led to their later symbolism as faith, love, and hope, or their personification as the goddess in three forms; virgin, mother and hag. In religious context, they are said to represent both the Holy Trinity, and the three gifts the Magi brought to Christ: Gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

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